Originally Posted by bayoubelle
Did you close your slide all the way in on your test run?
Also, could using this method damage the slide motor?
Mine was closed when I started. I moved it about a foot and moved it back closed. It was obvious when it closed because of the pressure to turn the bolt.
Rotating an electric motor should not harm it.
The biggest danger would be trying to move a jammed slide and cranking too hard on the bolt. This could damage the gears in the slide mechanism or perhaps the entire mechanism. I would say that if the bolt rotates easy and the slide moves easily, you should be fine.
I would stay away from using a drill to rotate the bolt... unless to set the clutch down low so that it would disengage if got difficult to rotate.